Westbury a top performer on the sporting stage

Westbury Shamrocks 1st grade Premiers 2014-15

Westbury a top performer on the sporting stage



FOR A SMALL rural area, Westbury and surrounding districts have achieved some big wins in sport recently.

The Westbury Shamrocks Cricket Club recorded an impressive 2014/15 season with both the first and third grades winning their respective NTCA premierships.

First grade Captain, Dane Anderson led Jono Chapman, Daniel Murfet, Richard Howe, Josh Adams, Sean Stevenson, Shaun Leatherbarrow, Michael Lucic, Nathan Parkin, Joe Cullen, Dave Rogers and Justin Curbishley to an innings win over South Launceston, taking their premiership haul to three out of the last four.

North’s end of season trophy night, the Shamrock’s club president, Michael Claxton, was presented with a Life Members medallion the recent Cricket recognising his contribution to Northern Tasmanian cricket.

The cricketing accolades continue.

Lord’s Taverner’s Association of Tasmania named Westbury Cricket Club the winner of the “Spirit of Cricket Award” for being the best northern Club.

Former Westbury cricketer, Kristen Beams, has been named a contracted player with the Australian women’s Test Team.

Caitlin Webster of Westbury was named as a member of the combined North ern women’s team; and four of the Cricket North ‘Team of the year’, including the captain and coach, were from the Westbury Shamrocks.

The Westbury Bowls Club also had a successful season, fielding teams in five divisions and winning three Northern pennants and one State Flag.

The Division 4 side won its Grand Final and the Division 4 State Final, the only Northern Division side to win a State Final.

The midweek Division 4 side performed well, winning the Grand Final.

Club President Rod Plunkett and Secretary John McNabb indicated that the Club’s successful year was a reflection on the camaraderie of the approximately 70 members. The Club fully owns and maintains its facilities and all work is done voluntarily.

Whitemore thoroughbred breeder and trainer Graeme McCulloch bred Group 1 winner Mongolian Kahn. The horse won both the New Zealand Derby and the $2 million AJC Sydney Derby – the first time a horse has won this double since 1986.